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The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
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Nov 04, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-non-fiction, mystery, historical, true-crime, italy
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Between August, 1968 and September, 1985, 16 young lovers were brutally murdered on the idyllic countrysides of Florence, Italy. This butcher was appropriately nicknamed The Monster of Florence. Two well-known journalists, American Douglas Preston and Italian Mario Spezi were intrigued and sought to find the clues left behind in order to discover this madman's identity. Their quest was fraught with inconsistencies, defiance, legal issues, and lies. Unbelievably and incredulously, they were both, at one point, falsely indicted in connection with these killings. The Monster of Florence has not been identified as of January, 2008.

The Monster of Florence is not for the faint of heart. Its gruesome details of the murders are chilling, diabolical, and calculating, not to mention nauseating. It is said that Hannibal Lecter M.D., author Thomas Harris's cannibalistic serial killer in the book The Silence of the Lambs is based on the Monster's modus operandi, at least in some part. Suspects over the years were many; reliable convictions are, at this point in time, nil. This is the type of book a reader must walk away from at some points as to regain composure and face the dread of the coming ensuing murder. A compelling read, just be fore-warned, this is not what you think of when someone evokes the image of Tuscany.

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